In multiple sectors, TBC delivers support not only in the terrestrial sphere, but also in the marine environment. Projects can comprise both inland and coastal infrastructure (for example where inland projects with associated port facilities), and thus require assessment of both terrestrial and marine ecology. Other projects are almost entirely coastal or marine (e.g. offshore fixed oil and gas facilities, or coastal floating liquefied natural gas platforms).
Biodiversity management in the marine zone can be challenging for various reasons, including accessibility, the absence of distinct spatial boundaries, the dynamic nature of the environment and, sometimes, the reduced tangibility of impacts. In some cases, this leads to a less robust approach to impact assessment, management/mitigation and monitoring.
TBC’s approach to assessing biodiversity risk and opportunity is the same for all projects, irrespective of ecology or location. Our marine specialists can provide pragmatic support for marine projects, ensuring consistency and integration with the terrestrial elements and applying the mitigation hierarchy to avoid and minimise the challenges. We are also experts in communicating the rationale for management of marine biodiversity, supporting our clients to understand and prioritise the issues, and ultimately deliver an ecologically sustainable basis for marine development.
TBC’s Industry Briefing Note, Marine biodiversity offsets
Our succinct briefing note explores how offsetting for impacts on a marine habitat shares many characteristics of the approach for terrestrial offsets and that, additionally, the high connectivity and relative lack of information regarding marine ecosystems represents both risks and opportunities.
Application of the mitigation hierarchy to address marine impacts: in December 2016, TBC and BP International Plc presented at the WOC World Ocean Summit in Rotterdam.